Science for Health 2019 - Focus on cell therapy

Science for Health 2019

creating research connections

Focus on cell therapy

September 11, Brussels

Health science is about the patient; about preventing illness and saving lives. Collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking accelerate progress. This yearly event connects researchers and clinicians, promoting inspired solutions to health challenges. The 2019 edition is focused on cell therapy.

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Join the cell therapy experts

Belgium is a leading hub for cell therapy research. The whole ecosystem is present, from world-class academic and research institutes generating new insights, to rapidly growing start-ups bringing these to the patient, and knowledgeable service companies supporting the process.

Science for health presents a line-up of (inter)national experts shedding light on the scientific state-of-the-art, the future of supporting tools, how to bring cell therapies to the patient, and much more. Meet other senior scientists, executives and business developers from academia, research institutes, biotechnology companies and pharma, get connected and join forces.

Get inspired by our keynote speakers

  • Science for Health - speaker Carl June

    Carl June

    A pioneer in the field of immunotherapy, best known for his work in the development of CAR-T therapy for patients with refractory and relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

  • Christian Homsy - Science for Health - 2019 - Brussels

    Christian Homsy

    Co-founder and former CEO of Celyad, a leading Belgian biopharmaceutical company creating CAR-T therapies in cancer, bringing the company from its inception to its current international success.

  • Peter Peumans - Science for Health 2019 - Brussels

    Peter Peumans

    Leader of imec’s life science activities, bridging the gap between nano-electronics, digital technologies and life science applications such as cell therapy.

  • Richard Burt

    Richard Burt

    A leading researcher from the Northwestern University in the field of stem cell transplants to fight autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or MS.


Morning session
Registration and coffee
Keynote session
Welcome and introduction
Carl June (University of Pennsylvania) — Pioneering CAR-T cell therapy
Richard Burt (Northwestern University) — Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for autoimmune disease
Peter Peumans (imec) — Future tools to improve cell therapies
12:30 - 14:00
Networking lunch
Afternoon parallel sessions
Regenerative medicine
Damya Laoui (VIB / VUB) — Immunotherapies based on dendritic cells
Pierre Vanderhaeghen (VIB-KU Leuven) — Pluripotent stem cell technology in brain research
Karim Vermaelen — Building a cell based oncology spin-off
Aernout Luttun (KU Leuven) — Neovascularization with BOECs in cardiology
Eric Halioua (PDC*line pharma) — Plasmacytoid dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines
Denis Dufrane (Novadip) — Innovative solutions for skin and bone reconstruction
Afternoon plenary session
Tessa Kerre (UGent) and Peter Vandenberghe (KU Leuven) — Cell therapy in the clinic
Bert Bruyninckx (Janssen) — A pharma perspective on the clinical aspects of cell therapy
Nathalie Cools (Anicells) and Gisèle Deblandre (MaSTherCell) — Advances in manufacturing
Coffee break
Round table discussion moderated by Jan Schrooten (Antleron)
17:00 - 17:30
Christian Homsy — Bringing cell therapies from academia to success
17:30 - 18:30
Networking reception
Location Square Brussels - Science for Health 2019

Practical information


SQUARE Brussels

Centrally located at the Mont-des-Arts in Brussels, SQUARE is located next to Brussels-Central station and connected to public car park Albertine.

About Science for health

Science for health is a joint organization from the following partners:

  • Science for Health 2019 - Partner - KU Leuven
  • Science for Health 2019 - partner VIB
  • Science for Health 2019 - Partner - Universiteit Gent
  • Biowin
  • Science for Health - partner - imec
  • Science for Health - Partner - Flandersbio
  • Janssen v3

At this event, experts are connected around a central theme to promote out-of-the-box thinking and spark new research collaborations. This will strengthen the local ecosystem and create inspired solutions improving the life of patients. This year’s edition is focused on cell therapy.


The registration fee is € 40 (+VAT) for members and € 80 (+VAT) for non-members.

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